A day in the life ...
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 4, 2019) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), utilize the buddy carry during an introductory Marine Corps Martial Arts Program course on Marine Corps Recruit Depot. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cosmo Walrath
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Oct. 5, 2019) Secretary of Defense Mark Esper makes the opening coin toss before the Navy-Air Force football game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game marked the 52nd meeting between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, which Navy won 34-25. As the undergraduate college of our country's naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Josiah D. Pearce.
Public invited: 63rd Massing of the Colors
and Service of Remembrance
The San Diego Chapter The Military Order of the World Wars invites the public to attend the 63rd Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on Sat., Oct. 12 from 10:30-11:30am.
This traditional ceremony honors the flag of our country and those, living and deceased, who fought to gain and preserve our freedoms. The ceremony is also designed to instill and foster patriotism and love-of-country.
Please come out and join the celebration with members of our armed forces, veterans organizations, law-enforcement agencies, civic and youth groups.
The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic service organization who believe in America and live our motto, “ It is nobler to serve than be served.” We are a group of patriotic US Federally commissioned officers (active, retired and former) from all uniformed services, our spouses, and descendants. We love and continue to serve our nation and all of its people. We do this through our outreach programs, which include memorials, patriotic education, support for Scouting and JROTC/ROTC, and recognition of public service.
Operation Homefront accepting 2020 Military Child of the Year nominations
Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families, is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Military Child of the Year® Awards, as well as applications for the 2020 Military Child of the Year ®Award for Innovation. Military Child of the Year is the nation’s premier celebration of the achievements of military children. Nominations are open through December 9, and all awards will be presented at a recognition gala April 2, 2020, in the nation’s capital. The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18 who are legal dependents of a service member or military retiree. Six Military Child of the Year recipients will represent a branch of the armed forces, the seventh award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge. To nominate a child for the award, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org and click the Nominations tab. Anyone can nominate a child.
Vice Adm. Conn assumes command at 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Alexander retires with 37 years
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander of Third Fleet (C3F), was relieved by Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn during a change of command ceremony Sept. 27.
The ceremony will take place aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island.
Alexander will retire after 37 years of service during the ceremony. Newly appointed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday will serve as the ceremony’s presiding officer and guest speaker.
Alexander became the 29th commander of 3rd Fleet in September 2017.
Conn previously served as Director, Air Warfare on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.
His other command tours include Carrier Strike Group 4, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, Carrier Air Wing 11, Strike Fighter Squadron 106, and Strike Fighter Squadron 136.
Hispanic Heritage Month
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The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more
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Fleet replenishment ....
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 8, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) pulls away from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) following a replenishment-at-sea. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kyle Carlstrom.
Navy F/A-18C Hornet makes final active-duty flight
NORFOLK, Va. - The last Navy F/A-18C Hornet, aircraft number 300, made its official final active-duty flight at Naval Air Station Oceana, Oct. 2.
Assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 at Cecil Field, Florida, aircraft number 300 completed its first Navy acceptance check flight Oct. 14, 1988. Lt. Andrew Jalali, who piloted the Hornet for its final active-duty flight at Naval Air Station Oceana, was also born in 1988.
“Today marked the final United States Navy F/A-18C Operational Hornet flight,” said the Commodore, Command Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, Capt. Brian Becker.
The aircraft has remained with the Gladiators for its entire 31-years of service. The aircraft took off from NAS Oceana accompanied by three F/A-18F Super Hornets for a one-and-a-half hour flight and return to Oceana where it will be officially stricken from the inventory, stripped of all its usable parts and be scrapped.
Becker said the F/A-18C aircraft has served admirably for over 30 years and highlighted its history in naval aviation.
“Its technological innovation was continued on the F/A-18 E/F/G aircraft and helped the U.S. Navy transition from 4th to 5th generation aircraft,” said Becker.
During the last year, VFA-106 has transferred over 50 F/A-18 Hornets to various Navy Reserve and U.S. Marine aviation commands, as well as, being placed in preservation for future use if needed.
Both the F/A-18A and F/A-18C Hornet variants have been replaced by the updated F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
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SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 8, 2019) The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sits pierside while participating in San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2019. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of San Francisco and its surrounding areas. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Peter Burghart.
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The Marine Corps is offering up to $90,000 in retention bonuses for high-demand career fields, including Raiders, reconnaissance and explosive ordnance disposal, as it seeks to retain young Marines with key skills.
The selective reenlistment bonuses for FY 2020 include incentives for aviation maintenance, air traffic controllers, infantry squad leaders and Marines willing to make a lateral move to select specialties such as intelligence and cyberdefense, a command bulletin issued Friday said.
“Retaining our experienced and qualified Marines remains one of the Commandant’s highest priorities,” it said. “Achieving retention goals is vital for shaping and sustaining the Marine Corps’ enlisted force.”
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in a letter last October that the Corps needed to recruit 38,500 new members to fill gaps in the ranks.
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.